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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Humpback whales in Cape Verde

Knowledge of the humpback whales in Cape Verde is steadily increasing thanks to the work of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group in conjunction with local naturalist, Pedro Lopez.
Photo by Darren Craig / IWDG

The purpose of the work is to get a clearer idea of the genetic make-up of this population to understand how isolated it is.  Links have already been made between Cape Verde & Norway and in 2011 there were several whales returning to Cape Verde that have been recorded since the 1990s.

IWDG believe Boa Vista to be the single most important bay in the Atlantic for this population.

Read more here IWDG blog

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for spreading the word Jacquie! Sorry I didn't get to meet you this year... I am back in rainy Ireland already. Hopefully I will return for the full whale breeding season next year. There is great energy on Boa Vista with regards to humpback research and conservation now, it is picking up momentum with the new protected area on Ilhéu de Sal-Rei which might serve as our new research station from next year onwards. Slán/Ciao! Conor

    PS: Darren and Simon will be on Boa Vista until 20 May or thereabouts.